Birding in Cheyenne includes three IBAs, Curt Goudy State Park, and Vedauwoo a National Forest Recreation Area. Birders will also enjoy the ponds near Wellington and the Pawnee National Grasslands in Colorado. A short drive north you will find the Goshen Hole and Platte River Valley in Wyoming. We provide a guide book to get you to the right places.
When The Audubon Society names some of your most treasured areas, such as Cheyenne’s Sloan’s Lake in Lions Park, Wyoming Hereford Ranch, and the High Plains Arboretum as IBAs (Important Birding Area) you sit up and take notice. In Cheyenne, it motivated us to develop a handy little guide for bird watchers, Birding in the Cheyenne Area. The guide is available at the Nagle Warren Mansion and you can download a list of native birds from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s web site.
Sloan’s Lake and Lions Park are part of Frontier park where the “Granddady of them all” rodeo is held. Birds and livestock? If you think about it, it’s a natural combination. Besides the grandiose stands and exhibit booths and halls, the park contains water, marsh, trees, and plenty of food for a lot of differing birds. And it’s only two miles away from the mansion.
Wyoming Hereford Ranch IBA is about 5 miles away. Sloan and Anna Marie Hales welcome birders to the ranch. There are many old cottonwoods and other tree along with hay and grazing meadows. Crow Creek, which runs through the property, is being improved to restore and expand the natural habitat.
High Plains Grassland IBA is part of the USDA research system. Started in the early 1930s there is an arboretum that is now seventy years old. Combine the arboretum with the native habitat surrounding it and you have a perfect spot for birding.
There are a number of other exciting bird-watching areas that include natural habitats such as streams or sub alpine forests. Of course the birds that are most interesting to those with a life list are the ones that live out on the high prairie, such as eagles, hawks, owls, and plovers. The Pawnee National Grasslands, located just ten miles south of Cheyenne, has numerous prairie species.
The spring migration is the best time to bird, with the fall migration as the second best time. We remind you, however, that when the birds are nesting in the early summer, it is best not to go anywhere near them. Instead, tread lightly at a distance with a good pair of binoculars. Or, come later in the summer when the days are warm and the nights are pleasingly cool. If you’re a cold weather fan, you will find a great variety of our feathered visitors, including raptors, as your company.
Wyoming has a lot to offer with its spectacular beauty and it’s peaceful days. The wide open views are a great place to spot your favorite birds.